Soccer is increasingly popular in the U.S. In 2015, roughly 25 million people in the U.S. played soccer at some level, including recreational soccer. The real testament to the popularity of the sport is that the number of youth leagues has exponentially increased since 1990. In 2014, there were around 3 million youth players, an 89 percent increase from 1990. As with many sports, the risk of injury comes with the fun and fitness of the sport.

Common Soccer Injuries

Soccer is a fast-paced sport with a lot of stops and starts while running. The players are expected to run fast for a long period of time, plus they come into contact with one another and the ball. These conditions put players at risk of chronic and acute injuries that could derail their ability to play.

The most common injuries in soccer include:

  • Ankle injuries

  • Hamstring injuries

  • Knee injuries

  • Head injuries

Some players encounter strains or sprains from an acute injury, such as when they collide with another player. However, many players experience chronic hamstring or ankle problems due to the continual use and overuse of these muscles and joints.

Using ARP to Treat Hamstring and Ankle Injuries

Many soccer players turn to ARP (accelerated recovery performance) to speed up the recovery time so they can get back out on the pitch after experiencing a hamstring strain or a turned ankle. During this procedure, a certified practitioner experienced in using the patented ARPwave system uses a bioelectrical current to discover not just the injury at the extremity but also the point of origin in the nervous system.

Through using certain targeted movements and exercises combined with the electrical current, inflammation is reduced, range of motion improves, circulation returns to the area, spasms are relaxed and other benefits occur. Furthermore, the scar tissue breaks up, which further improves healing. The protocol can also reduce the pain associated with the injury. This speeds up the recovery from the injury, which often reduces the need for surgery or other extensive treatments. Additionally, it might reduce the risk of repeat injury.

ARP can help speed up recovery from many injuries that you might incur from playing soccer beyond just hamstring and ankle injuries. You might find that you make it back on the pitch much faster than you thought, whether you enjoy a recreational game with your friends and family or you play at a highly-competitive level.